Practical and theoretical are the two words I’d use to describe my Food Science and Technology course at Cardiff Met. The variety of modules in the first year of the degree is an amazing way to find out what you like – and incidentally what you don’t like! What is important to remember is that the course appeals to different people for different reasons, and it’s important for you to not to compare yourself to others so that you can find your own niche.
In terms of the practical side of the course the opportunities are amazing and provide a chance to put the theory into practice.
In the first term the chance to go into the labs to do some practical work as part of the biochemistry module was very beneficial. Seeing what was discussed in lectures for myself was amazing, and the facilities on campus are excellent, with really supportive lecturers and technicians.
In the second term the increase in the practical side is substantial, which is superb! The practical work ranges from pasteurisation of apple juice, to canning food, microbiology work, sensory evaluation of food – I could go on. Of course the best part is the free food we get from time to time!
The lectures are full of knowledge, and go into a great depth. The range of information we’re exposed to is endless and the importance of food on the community really has hit home for me in the past seven months. The food industry is a necessity and is growing on a yearly basis, so which better industry to choose to be part of?
The lecturers are easy to talk to, and are experts in the field. The contact hours are high too, which will keep you busy! In the first year there is emphasis on gaining the foundation knowledge which will provide basis for the following years. I like tyat all of the lectures are clearly linked, meaning that one lecture will expand on another. Following the first year you then get to choose a pathway to follow for the rest of your time at uni – which means you can tailor the course slightly to concentrate on the modules that you like best.
The range of things that the course covers is excellent, and if you’ve got the passion for food, then this is the course for you! No day, or week, is the same so you definitely won’t get bored. Perhaps I’m biased, but if you have the interest in food this course is amazing. And let’s face it – who doesn’t love food!?